Saiful Bouquet provided structural engineering services for this high performance, sustainable, state-of-the-art high school on the active campus setting of Los Angeles Southwest College. For more than 20 years, Middle College High School had operated in portable classrooms on the campus of L.A. Southwest College.
The new high school included a 42,000 sf Main Building, a 7,500 sf Pool Building, and a Multi-purpose Building. The new school shares athletic fields and other campus facilities with Southwest College, and Southwest College will have access to the new high school facilities for after-hours and weekend functions. The design creates a building that belongs to the Los Angeles Southwest College campus while creating a substantially improved facility for high school students.
All three structures are seismically isolated from one another with separation joints. The structural system uses steel framed construction with eccentric brace frames (EBF) as the seismic system. The project achieved the client’s goal of an efficient, healthy and economically feasible building, with LEED® Platinum certification.